The Costa Coffee boss must be asking what on earth he has to do to become chief executive of his parent company, Whitbread. Be a former Whitbread finance director: check.
George Osborne has received a boost after new figures showed that the financial year got off to a good start in April, but economists warned that challenges lie ahead.
(Fixes title of Blackrock manager on paragraph 4). * Markets fail to move on much-hyped political risks. * Brexit worries should top those from election, Scottish vote.
... * FTSE 100 up 0.5 percent, highest in 10 days. * UK public finances improve by more than expected. * Vodafone up 4.0 percent. * Dixons Carphone and Travis Perkins also get upgrades.
Severn Trent Plc, the U.K.'s second-largest publicly traded water company, said fiscal full-year profit climbed 8.8 percent on higher sales.